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Blantyre – Malawi has embarked on a cost-effective, quick urine test for tuberculosis (TB), which if successfully administered could save lives.
Researchers from South Africa have conducted a new study in which they propose a clinical prediction rule to make quicker, earlier tuberculosis (TB) diagnoses in seriously ill HIV-infected patients.
24 November 2017 | Geneva: The Global TB Programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) is pleased to announce and congratulate the newest member of the WHO TB Supranational Reference Laboratory (SRL) Network – the National TB Reference Laboratory in Cotonou, Benin.
29 November 2017: The End TB Strategy introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and adopted by the World Health Assembly aims to reduce TB related deaths by 95% and new TB infections by 90% by 2035. Approximately one quarter to one third of the world’s population is currently infected with the M. tuberculosis bacteria and the risk of developing an active form of the disease among infected individuals is between 5 and 15 percent.
Geneva, 6 December 2017 – Unitaid and the University of Bordeaux today launched a four-year research project to cut TB deaths among children by widening availability of fast tests that can be used even in remote, rural settings.
The Xpert Ultra assay had superior sensitivity compared with Xpert for detecting tuberculosis in patients with paucibacillary disease and patients with HIV, study data showed.
Scientists at George Mason University have developed a nanotechnology that for the first time can measure a sugar molecule in urine that identifies tuberculosis with high sensitivity and specificity, setting the stage for a rapid, highly accurate and far less-invasive urine test of the disease that could potentially prove to be the difference between life and death in many underdeveloped parts of the world.
Children with HIV in Kenya whose urine samples tested positive for lipoarabinomannan, or LAM — a biomarker of tuberculosis — had a nearly fivefold increased risk for mortality compared with children with negative LAM results, according to recent data.
The emergence of resistance to drugs used to treat the airborne disease tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most urgent health crises facing mankind. Already the world’s number one killer from an infectious disease with 1.67 million deaths in 2016, resistance to anti-tuberculosis drugs is making TB more difficult to cure.
Since the 1970s, millions of women have appreciated the ease of a urine-based home pregnancy test to find out if their family is about to grow.
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